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Lamb Sliders with Provençal Pesto Paired with a Languedoc Red

Lamb Sliders with Provencal PestoThis pairing started with the wine. I wanted to prepare something for our #LanguedocDay gathering that would go well with the hearty red wines from the region. I came up with this recipe for Lamb Sliders with Provençal Pesto with these wines in mind.

The lamb sliders probably would have gone pretty well with any of the Languedoc reds we had that evening, but I would up pairing it with the 2009 Campagne De Centeilles, a 100% Cinsault from Minervois, a Languedoc AOC. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have too many 100% Cinsaults! Cinsault is more commonly used as a blending grape, but this wine shows it’s potential to be very good on its own. This wine definitely had that garrigue thing going on–its aroma and taste had the fragrance of wild herbs like rosemary and lavender. These elements made it a great match for the minty pesto. Definitely a pairing I recommend!

Pesto and Picpoul-de-Pinet

Picpoul de Pinet pairs nicely with pesto.Picpoul might not be one of the best know grapes. However, this white varietal native to the Languedoc area of France is very food friendly. I particularly like the Saint-Peyre Picpoul-de-Pinet. Picpoul is known to go well with seafood, but I’ve come to enjoy the way it works with pesto, too. Sauvignon Blanc is the most common pairing for pesto, but give the Picpoul & pesto combo a try for something new! More on this pairing in this Cooking Chat post. As you an see, this is not a new idea! Blogged about it back in 2010, and still come back to it as shown in the photo below.